Fireworks Sugar Cookies

I like to mark the traditional occasions in the best way I know how… With baking!

For those who are not familiar with it November 5th in Britain is Bonfire Night.  Or otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Night.  Guy Fawkes was a man who specialised in explosives and was part of a gang in the early 1600’s who plotted to blow up Parliament. This was a religiously motivated plot and although Guy Fawkes wasn’t the mastermind or leader of the group (that was a man named Robert Catesby) he has become the most famous figurehead for the plot.  It is his face the group Anonymous use for their masks (incase you didn’t already know).  It is actually a very interesting time in history and I could go on about it but I won’t.  If you fancy reading more about the Gun Powder Plot then check out Wikipedia or The History Learning Site.

If I’m honest I find it a little strange that we still celebrate this occasion over 400 years later.  Not only do we celebrate it but we burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on top of a bonfire, which is usually made by local school children and often paraded through the streets.  This is followed by a fireworks display (in sure its symbolic) that, if your lucky, the event organisers time to music.  I can’t guarantee the music will be any good but hey ho.  Alongside this all towns and villages across the country get the joys and delights of the fun fare.  All in the interest of tradition you understand!

With halloween the week before it is pretty much just a run up to get yours and your childrens’ guts ready for a barrage of sugary treats over the next couple of months.

Anyway… Where was I? Oh yes.  Baking.  Well to commemorate this bizarre tradition I decide to make some biscuits.  Hubby requested vanilla not gingerbread (I am already trying to sneak in the Christmas flavours) so I duly obliged.  Next time I’m not going to ask him.  I wanted to make some flame or fire ones but I didn’t really have the right food colouring so they didn’t work.  Well they worked, and looked like fire, just not of the right colour.  What really worked where my Firework biscuits.

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  1. Preheat the Oven to 170 degreesC and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter, Sugar and Vanilla Extract together in a stand mixer or using a handheld whisk.
  3. Add in the Egg and mix well.
  4. Add in the Flour and Cream of Tartar and mix to form a dough.
  5. Once a dough is formed wrap it in clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Once the dough is cool roll it out on a lightly floured surface, approx. 1/2cm thick.
  7. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes as required.
  8. Lay the shapes on the prepared baking trays and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Leave to cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
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  1. Prepare the egg white powder as per instructions. Usually this is mix with 50mls of water per 10g. But please double check.
  2. Mix in the powder until no lumps left and there is a think layer of bubbles.
  3. Put in the mixer with the cream of tartar and start whisking. If using egg white place these in the mixer and whisk until frothy with the cream of tartar.
  4. Slowly add in the sifted icing sugar a tablespoon at a time, ensuring it is well combined after each addition.
  5. Mix on a medium speed for 15-20 minutes until bright white and stiff with a smooth texture.
  6. Add water using a spray and gently mix in to get the icing to the consistency you require. Go slowly and try no to incorporate too much air as you mix.
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I chose to make them with black icing to help the colours stand out. Once the icing had dried over a couple of hours I piped on lines and dots of various colours using a number 1 Wilton nozzle.  To make all of the colours including I used Sugarflair gel colours:

  • Black: Liquorice
  • Purple: Violet
  • Green: Lemon/Lime
  • Blue: Baby Blue
  • Pink: Pink
  • Orange: Tangerine/Apricot

 

Et voila!

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Let me know what you think! And stay tuned for more baking extravaganzas… Christmas is coming after all and I have some grand plans….

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16 Comments

  1. November 9, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    These look awesome. I bet they tasted so nice as well. Looking forward to your Christmas treats now!

    Sally @ Life Loving

  2. November 9, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Ooh I love the look of these, they look so jazzy! All those colours on the black background work really well 🙂

  3. November 9, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    These are beautiful! Love the idea of brights on black, really effective. Bet they tasted as good as they look too 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  4. November 10, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    This are stupendous! Love artistically iced biscuits, such effective #stayclassymama

  5. November 10, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    wow, these are fab and my daughter would love them, thanks for sharing! great work and photos are lovely x #BloggerCubUk

  6. November 13, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    These look fantastic! I love how the colours really stand out on the black icing! #foodiefriday

  7. November 16, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Blimey how clever are you?! Your picture really stopped me in my tracks as I whizzed through the linky feed looking for things to read (funnily trying to find your post to reciprocate!) #stayclassymama

    • November 17, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Thank you lovely! I’m pleased you like them. I’m glad I made my post easy to find XX

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